illegal dumping in Detroit

At right, the suspects' rented truck was found to be filled with garbage. At left, trash is seen dumped at the scene. (Photos: Detroit police)

Taylor Residents Caught Dumping U-Haul Full Of Trash In Detroit, Police Say

July 19, 2018 - 5:22 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Some Downriver residents were detained and investigated this week after police say they were caught dumping a truckload of trash in Detroit.

Eric Strong and Clarence Lake
Eric Strong, left, and Clarence Lake (Booking photos)
At around 3 p.m. Monday, officers from the Detroit Police Department's 11th Precinct spotted "a suspicious male" walking through an alley in the area of 7 Mile and Antwerp, according to police.

Stopping to invesitgate, the cops then observed three suspects, two males and one female, dumping large black garbage bags from a 20 to 24-foot U-Haul truck onto the ground.

Upon further investigation, police said they found that the truck was filled to capacity with trash. 

Two of the suspects -- identified as 41-year-old Eric Strong and 49-year-old Clarence Lake, both of Taylor -- were arrested on outstanding traffic warrants. The third suspect was advised, police said, then released due to medical concerns and taken to a local hospital.

The two men were issued civil blight violations in the amount of $3,530 at the scene, police said, all three suspects were charged with littering, and a warrant package was submitted to Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review. 

Anyone who witnesses illegal dumping in the city of Detroit is asked to call the Illegal Dumping Tip Line at 313-235-4359.